Quiet ride

PUBLISHED : Monday, 14 December, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 14 December, 1998, 12:00am

Citybus' announcement that it plans to introduce trolley bus services to heavily trafficked bus routes was excellent news.

Not only will exhaust emissions be eliminated, but the new buses will be virtually silent and more comfortable to ride in. The need for this type of service, not only in Hong Kong Island and Kowloon but also in the new towns is self-evident.

Not only is the Government facing the problems of controlling increasing pollution levels in air quality, but the level of noise on the streets is reaching an unbearable level. After bus noise is capped, it would be good to see new noise levels placed on mini-buses. Due to the silence of trolley buses, overnight services could be run far more easily without disturbing residents along the routes.

The issue of the visual intrusion of overhead power wires is relatively minor in Hong Kong as the streets are lined with signs and tall buildings which reduce the impact of the wires, indeed current tram wires are virtually run-noticeable.

Let us also hope that KMB, First Bus and the two electricity companies grasp the nettle enthusiastically now.

N. D. RATCLIFFE New Territories